Jets draft UMass lineman in second round

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Alan Faneca and Damien Woody might've just been put on notice.

The Jets selected Vladimir Ducasse, a raw offensive lineman from UMass, with the 61st overall pick Friday night. The 6-4, 332-pound Ducasse is projected as either a right tackle or left guard.

Ducasse's presence signals the Jets may indeed be thinking of parting with the 33-year-old Faneca, who is due a base salary of $7.5 million. General manager Mike Tannenbaum didn't do much to quiet that talk.

Woody, 32, is getting up in age as well and Ducasse could end up being his eventual replacement.

"With Vladimir, we're really excited about him," Tannenbaum said. " . . . He's an incredible worker. He's one of those guys where what he's been through in his life, you would never bet against them. He obviously has the physical attributes."

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Those attributes are what led the Jets to have Ducasse high on their draft board.

Ducasse grew up in Haiti and moved to the United States because his father, Delinois, was threatened because of his involvement in local politics in Haiti. He didn't start playing football until 2003.

"I'm still a student of the game," Ducasse said. "I'm still learning.''

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